Ferber, Dr. Peter H.
Dr. Peter H. Ferber, a beloved and well-respected psychiatrist who practiced for nearly 40 years in Rockland County, passed away peacefully on Thursday, July 11, 2013, at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, surrounded by loved ones. He was 81.
Peter Ferber was born on April 19, 1932, in Albany, NY, the son of the late Haskel S. Ferber and Adaline (Gertskin) Ferber. He graduated from Albany Academy, then Harvard University
. After his first year at New York University
School of Medicine, as a counselor at a summer camp for underprivileged children, he met the love of his life, Gloria Pearlman. The couple married on August 24, 1958, in the Bronx.
Dr. Ferber, a child and adolescent psychiatrist, served two years as a U.S. Army
captain at Aberdeen Proving Grounds in Maryland. Then he ran a private psychiatric practice for 49 years — four years in Great Neck, NY; 38 years in West Nyack and New City, then seven years near Northampton, Mass. He helped countless people live happier and healthier lives.
Throughout his life, Dr. Ferber championed the well-being of society's most vulnerable members, serving as consulting psychiatrist or board member to several leading community mental health services. He and Gloria Ferber, a learning disabilities specialist and psychologist, cofounded the Center for Learning and Development, a multidisciplinary treatment center for learning-disabled youth in New City.
Dr. Ferber pursued his avocations with great zest, including gardening, sailing, cooking and the arts. He and Gloria traveled to the Great Wall of China, Alaska, and Turkey, and other far-flung destinations, where Dr. Ferber took evocative photographs of architecture and landscapes. Later, at a lifelong learning institute, he joined or led seminars on Jane Austen, personal writing, water resources, and more.
Dr. Ferber leaves behind his wife, Gloria Ferber; his son, Dan Ferber of Brookline, Mass.; his daughter, Judy Ferber of Florence, Mass.; his son, Ben Ferber of Arlington, Mass., and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his only sibling, Caryl Conner of Washington, D.C.
Memorial contributions may be made to the
, 480 Pleasant Street, Watertown, MA 02472, or online at http://www.alz.org/join_the_cause_donate.asp